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best cold weather socks, buffalo down socks, bison socks

Five tips for choosing the right socks for outdoor wear

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Socks are often an afterthought. But your sock choices are really important and can make the difference between comfort and safety outdoors . Here are tips for making the best socks choices. 

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Camp inside to survive power outages during winter storms

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Use your camping gear and skills to survive inside your house during winter storms.

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improvise waterproof shoes, keep feet dry, keep feet warm

Tips to survive a blizzard overnight in a stranded car

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My friend, Lisa Bedford the Survival Mom, has some excellent advice for folks who end up stranded overnight in their car under horrible winter storm conditions.

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cut resistant glove, knife safety, knife handling

Add cut resistant gloves to your hunting/fishing gear

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Practicing safe knife handling is the best way to avoid cutting yourself. The second best may be to wear a cut resistant glove. Here is how to choose one.

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Review: Opinel #10, an excellent inexpensive folding knife

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An Opinel can be an inexpensive beginner’s folding knife or a hard-working tool for experts. 

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UP Bravo Grail knife improved | Check out the elk antler re-handle

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These Kendall Carpenter custom handles made my Bark River UP series “grail knives” even better. Here is how I chose the best handle for my hunting knives.

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Ten year review: The Leatherman WAVE multi-tool should be in your survival gear

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When I find a piece of equipment that works well for me, I hang on to it and use it extensively. About ten or fifteen years ago, I got a Leatherman Wave multi-tool for Christmas, and I’m not looking for a replacement.

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Review: Best work boots? Irish Setter Ashby 83605 work boots may be your best choice

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Work boots don’t get the hype or have the glamour of more expensive, fancy-looking hiking or hunting boots. But if you’re working hard and on your feet all day, you’ll soon appreciate a good pair. These Irish Setter Ashby model 83605 boots are an excellent choice.

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Best everyday or bug out boots? We review the Timberland® Earthkeepers

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The best endorsement of a product is to use it continually and take its reliability for granted. These Timberland® Earthkeeper boots fit that description and they have been through the ringer.

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Review: Naturehike® trekking poles for safer and more comfortable hiking

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Are you using trekking poles yet when you hike? Wonder if you need to, or if trekking poles are a good safety addition to your gear? These Naturehike® trekking poles could be a valuable addition to your gear.

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